Qorbanat shavam, “may I be sacrificed for you” (aka, I love you a lot), begins this alleged letter from Amir Kabir to Nasir al-Din Shah. In his letter, Amir Kabir wrote about an incident while the king was away from Tehran, and how the aunt of a corrupt official intervened in state affairs. The letter ends with
عليحضرت بدانند كه اداره امور مملكت با توصيه عمو و خاله نمى شود
“Your Majesty should know that government affairs cannot be run based on input from uncles and aunts.”
Nasir al-Din Shah’s mother, Mahd Olya, was a really active part of his early reign and didn’t get along with Amir Kabir. In fact, she had him removed of his post and ultimately sentenced to death, despite his close relationship with the king. This letter is said to have been an indirect jab at Nasir al-Din for letting his mom get in the way of too many things.
Some historians have dismissed this letter as a forgery. Either way, it makes for a good story.